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Silverthorn Farm is a multidisciplinary english boarding facility with 20 stalls on 137 acres, just minutes from

downtown Athens.


As a renovated 150 year old dairy barn, our facility offers history and rustic charm along with these modern day amenities:

  • 12x12 matted outer stalls with individual fans

  • 10 x 12 & 10 x 16 matted inner stalls with individual fans

  • 9 large pastures with small turnout groups

  • 4 small paddocks for individual turnout

  • 4 wash racks wtih temperature controlled water

  • climate controlled office and full bathroom with shower

  • boarder tack rooms

  • 200 x 225 sand arena with newly redone footing in 2020

  • lighted competition-sized dressage arena with Arena Green footing, newly built in 2021

  • sand round-pen for lunging and groundwork

  • 50 acres of trails with a small cross country course of varying heights for all levels to enjoy

  • $25 trailer-in option for full use of facilities 

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individual turn out paddocks
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pond & pastures
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Stall board is $700/month and includes twice daily feeding, hay, stall cleaning, blanketing/fly spray and turnout. 

Pasture board is currently not offered. 



In addition to a boarding barn, Silverthorn Farm is also a beautiful venue for your wedding or other special event! We are currently one of Epting Events preferred venues, and would love to host you! With ample outdoor space, a recently revamped wooden barn and loft with beautiful heart pine floors, and majestic horses roaming the background, this venue sets quite the rustic scene. Pricing varies according to your unique needs.



Willing Horses of Georgia is proud to offer the following horses for sale:

Wamtucci (Waffle) is a 2017 gelding by Wamberto out of Chaieka by Contucci.


Waffle's father, Wamberto, was the Champion of the 2006 Stallion Licensing of the KWPN. After importing to the United States, he won the 2007 100-Day Performance Test of North America. He combines the outstanding lines of Rousseau and Voltaire.


Waffle's mother, Chaieka, is by Hilltop Farm's Contucci. He is by Caprimond out of a Lungau mare. Contucci has previously been named the USEF Dressage Breeding Sire of the Year, the USEF Dressage Sire of the Year, and is consistently listed in the Top 10 of the USEF Rankings. Chaieka's dam is Magissa by Mahogoni. She was the only mare against three stallions for the Grand Championship at Dressage at Devon.

Waffle is in a steady work program and beginning to travel.


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Durango is also a 2017 gelding purchased from Oakwood Farm to raise with Waffle. They have grown up together with the same careful and consistent handling. His gates are huge and show a great talent for dressage, as well as strong talent as a jumper.

Durango is by Dubarry. Imported from Celle in July 2015, Dubarry brings elegance and high rideability to the US, coupled with outstanding paces. His father is Don Frederico by Donnerhall and his dam is Ribana by Rubenstein I. Durango's dam, Downtown Delight is by Don Schufro who brings the Donnerhall blood on the dam side also to Durango. Too, on the dam side Londonderry is grandsire.

Durango is in a steady work program and beginning to travel.

View a video of Durango HERE



In the early 1880's, Georgia H Thurmond, a young Madison County Resident, returned from mining silver in Nevada to buy land and start farming. He acquired a farm at the junction of Oak Grove Rd and Jefferson River Rd. The King Plantation mansion, located where the present Middendorf home sits, was passed on his Athens supply trip. Mr. Thurmond fell in love with the governess, married her, and later bought 237 acres (the present day Silverthorn Farm, Pascova Farm, and 20 acres across the road. While away from the Jefferson River Rd location, the antebellum home was burned. The farm stayed in the Thurmond family for 3 generations. Stories of hiding silver in one of the natural springs on the farm from the union soldiers add to a rich cultural history.

In 1980, learning that his daughter and son-in-law were moving to Athens, Robert Menke decided to purchase 137 acres from a company who had acquired the land to build a shopping center. The farm was named Silverthorn after Mr.Menke. While traveling in England, he met a man named Mr.Silverthorn in the streets of Lincoln in Lincolnshire. After exclaiming how beautiful was the name, he promptly began addressing his wife in public as Phylis Silverthorn, and his daughter as Karen Silverthorn. On his best days when life was good, he was Robert Silverthorn. At all other times, he was just Bob Menke. The name has come to mean all that is sublime.

The farm has become a lifelong project. The Georgia stewardship program and the NRCS have been used to improve the property. May we all add our own piece of history and become better stewards of this farm and earth.



665 Jefferson River Rd

Athens, GA 30607